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'X Factor': L.A. Reid will return for second year

The host and two of the judges on Fox’s The X Factor may be history, but at least one person is staying put alongside Simon Cowell. The option for L.A. Reid has been renewed so the judge/record mogul will stay with the Fox talent show for one more season.

Reid was originally tapped by Cowell because both men shared similar backgrounds, if not temperaments. (Reid could be just as harsh, if not more so, than Cowell during the show’s first season). Reid is a behind-the-scenes music mogul with a talent list that includes Mariah Carey, Pink, TLC and Usher. Could someone on that talent list now be tapped to replace judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, who were booted last week?

For now, it’s all speculation — but at least it’s keeping tongues wagging about Cowell’s show in the off-season, while NBC’s singing competition show The Voice revs up for a new season next week. THR was the first to report about Reid’s return.

Host Steve Jones will also depart the show, as Fox and Cowell make changes to the series after the first season performed solidly, but fell short of what many felt was the show’s high potential. (Factor delivered about 12.6 million viewers and a 4.4 average rating among adults 18-49 for its Wednesday episodes). The performances of Scherzinger and Jones were particularly panned by critics.

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Paula Abdul confirms exit
‘X Factor’ overhaul: Who should replace Nicole, Paula, and Steve?
‘X Factor': With Nicole, Steve, and Paula gone, are you more likely to watch?

InsideTV Podcast: Picking the best and worst spin-offs ever. Plus: We recast 'X Factor' to make it a lot less lame

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The recent news that there are plans in the works for a possible Dwight Schrute spin-off from The Office had us thinking two things. (1) Why? And (2) What are the best and worst TV spin-offs ever? Kristen Baldwin, Jessica Shaw, and I reveal our picks on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. Which spin-offs were actually worth it and became classics in their own right? And which abominations (The Tortellis! Booker! Golden Palace! Joanie Loves Chachi!) made our list for the worst of the worst? Listen in and find out!

Speaking of problematic television, we also break down the recent X Factor bloodbath, with Paula Adbul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Steve Jones all getting the boot.  Out of the kindness of our collective heart, we provide the Fox network and Simon Cowell with a plan to get the show on track, offering up our dream judges and host to join the program and make it the buzz-worthy event it most certainly was not last fall. See if you agree with our picks, or offer up your own. READ FULL STORY

Paula Abdul confirms 'X Factor' exit


Paula Abdul tells it straight up: She’s exiting Fox’s X Factor.

The reality show star released a statement confirming her departure from the singing competition series. Within minutes, supportive statements from Fox and X Factor‘s near-last-man-standing Simon Cowell were released too. As reported last night, Abdul is leaving X Factor, along with fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones. All the statements are below.

Paula Abdul: “Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to The X Factor next season. I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations. Simon [Cowell] and I, along with Fox and [producers] Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation. Simon is, and will remain a dear friend of mine and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle. I want nothing more than for The X Factor to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful.”


'X Factor' shake-up: Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger out


UPDATED: Paula Abdul is leaving Fox’s The X Factor.

So is fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger.

And so is host Steve Jones.

Sources near the show confirm all three stars will not return for X Factor‘s second season next fall, though Fox has only officially acknowledged the departure of Jones and Scherzinger. The stunning X Factor exodus marks a dramatic day of network reality-show bloodletting.


'The X Factor' champ Melanie Amaro talks shooting her Super Bowl ad with Elton John -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s fair to say that no reality show singing competition winner has ever been on the kind of high-profile launching pad that The X Factor champion Melanie Amaro is about to experience: Her own Super Bowl commercial. EW spoke with Amaro a few days after she shot her Pepsi spot with pop music legend Elton John, and we have an exclusive shot of them both from the royally-themed advertisement below. Check it out:  READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' judges and producers diss 'The Voice'

For the first time in its history, American Idol will start its 11th season facing down competition from another network singing competition show: NBC’s The Voice, which launches its second season with a plum post-Super Bowl slot and will then start its regular two-hour berth on Mondays. While The Voice won’t go up directly against Idol, it was easy to see at the latter show’s TCA panel today in Pasadena that Idol‘s exec producers and judges are feeling a twinge competitive with their Mark Burnett-produced rival.

“The winner of The Voice, I will remind you, was an artist who had a deal at Capitol Records for several years, a failed contract,” said judge Randy Jackson of The Voice victor Javier Colon. “That show was almost ‘second chance people.'” READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' triumphs as No. 1 fall reality show

On an otherwise dreary night of programming, the first season finale of The X Factor easily won its time slot and helped to propel Fox to a viewer and demo win on Thursday. The talent show posted a 3.8 rating/11 share, up 31 percent in the key demographic of adults 18-49 versus a week ago, and up 25 percent in viewers (12.4 million versus 9.9 million), according to early results.

The finale delivered Fox’s most-watched entertainment telecast since premiere week.

We can talk about how the other nets did on Thursday but honestly — who cares? Everyone mostly aired reruns, save for NBC’s Who’s Still Standing, which only posted a 1.5/5, down 12 percent from last week. And how terribly sad to see an original of Prime Suspect wedged into the schedule: The canceled drama earned a 1.0/3. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' winner's mentor says champ is 'someone who can sell records all over the world'

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know who won the first season of The X Factor! For the rest of you, check out what the winner’s mentor had to say below:  READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' winner on that final song, and the secret hand-gesture with the runner-up

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know who won the first season of The X Factor! For the rest of you, check out what the winner had to say below:  READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': The runners-up talk about the future, and duetting with the winner

Both the third- and second-place winners of the first season of The X Factor were in fine spirits backstage after the show’s Thursday night finale. In contrast to their postshow interviews after Wednesday’s performance show, they were both far more relaxed and optimistic about their futures after the show. They spoke with reporters about their thoughts on the winner, and that charming duet of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” Since this introduction has been all kinds of tortured so as to keep it spoiler-free, let’s just get to the Q&As, shall we, where the night’s results can and will be promptly spoiled for all:  READ FULL STORY

TiVo: Melanie Amaro has the 'X Factor' edge

Are TiVo viewers saying who America will probably pick to win The X Factor?

According to audience data culled from TiVo subscribers, two of the top three moments from Wednesday’s broadcast involved finalist Melanie Amaro. The No. 1 moment was when Amaro joined R. Kelly on stage for “I Believe I Can Fly,” while the other was her solo performance of Beyoncé’s “Listen.”

The third-most popular moment was when Alanis Morissette joined Josh Krajcik for the “Uninvited” duet.

TiVo results were prepared by using aggregated, anonymous, second-by-second audience data from more than two million households.

The finale for The X Factor will air tonight from 8 to 10 p.m.

Read more:
‘The X Factor’ performance finale recap: You Oughta Show
‘The X Factor': Are the judges returning next season? ‘Maybe I won’t be here,’ jokes Simon (we think)
‘The X Factor': Josh, Chris, and Melanie on their superstar duets, and their friends back home

Ratings: 'The X Factor' belts out winning tune

The top 3 performance finale of The X Factor gave Fox a win in the key demographics on Wednesday. The show averaged 11.2 million viewers and a 3.3 rating/10 share in 18-49, according to preliminary results, giving Fox a 3.0/9 win in the adult category.

Other notable ratings for X Factor: The show actually gained 23 percent in the last half hour versus the first hour in the adult demo (from a 3.0 to a 3.7) and won its time period in teens, persons 12-34, and even viewers over 50. Afterwards, an original of I Hate My Teenage Daughter didn’t do too badly; It averaged a 2.1/6 — up 17 percent from last week, and 6 million viewers. The comedy won its half hour in the demo.

Then again, it wasn’t so difficult to cream the competition. ABC ran repeats of its comedies and Revenge (which, oof, earned a mere .9/3). CBS ran its middling special, Home for the Holidays — which only posted a .8/2 — followed by repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI. And NBC ran the special Who’s Still Standing, which posted a 1.7/5, down 11 percent from last week. Afterwards, it aired repeats of A Michael Buble Christmas and Law & Order: SVU.

Bottom line: Most-watched show of the night was The X Factor, and the least-watched drama was a repeat of Gossip Girl (728,000). Fox won the night in viewers (9.3 million), followed by CBS (6.1 million), NBC (4.6 million), and ABC (4.5 million).

Read more:
‘The X Factor': On the scene
‘The X Factor’ performance finale recap: You Oughta Show
‘The X Factor': Josh, Chris, and Melanie on their superstar duets, and their friends back home

'The X Factor': Are the judges returning next season? 'Maybe I won't be here,' jokes Simon (we think)

There’s been a fair amount of chatter in the last few days about whether The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones will be returning for next season — reports Fox say are bunk since there will be “absolutely no discussions…about any contracts until the New Year.”

Still, that didn’t stop the press from asking all four judges about their designs on The X Factor‘s second season after Wednesday night’s performance finale show. (Jones did not speak with any non-TV media.) Here’s what they had to say (or, in some cases, studiously not say) to reporters backstage about it:  READ FULL STORY


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